In­dian Mo­tor sport

Round three of the MRF FMSCI In­dian Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship (INMRC) was held in Chen­nai. Here is what went down

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The first week­end of septem­ber saw the coun­try’s top rac­ers de­scend upon the mmrt race­track out­side Chen­nai at the halfway mark of this year’s na­tional cham­pi­onship. two days of rac­ing saw com­peti­tors across four classes jos­tle for po­si­tion and com­pete for points that they will take to the fi­nal round of the cham­pi­onship next month.

SU­PER­SPORT 165 CLASS Race One

idemitsu honda ten10 rac­ing’s sarath ku­mar looked to be back in form this week­end, snag­ging pole po­si­tion dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing on fri­day, ahead of tVs rac­ing’s Ja­gan ku­mar and k Y Ahamed, while the cham­pi­onship leader, idemitsu Honda Ten10 Rac­ing’s Ra­jiv Sethu, qual­i­fied at P5. When the lights went off, sarath looked strong off the line but pulled off the track be­fore the first cor­ner with a bro­ken gear lever. His team-mate, Ra­jiv, also didn’t make it through the first lap, slid­ing off the track halfway through. these in­ci­dents left the top spots open for the tVs rac­ing rid­ers to cap­i­tal­ize on, which they did au­thor­i­ta­tively.

Reign­ing cham­pion Ja­gan Ku­mar was the first across the line af­ter six laps, while his tVs rac­ing team-mate, k Y Ahamed, se­cured the sec­ond spot, just a 10th of a sec­ond be­hind. math­ana ku­mar crossed the line about four sec­onds be­hind

the lead pair to se­cure a podium place for the idemitsu honda ten10 rac­ing team.

Race Two

sun­day’s race once again saw idemitsu honda ten10 rac­ing’s sarath start from pole, but he was soon passed by tVs rac­ing’s Ja­gan and Ahamed. he put the ham­mer down and soon re­claimed sec­ond place from Ahamed, but ahead of him Ja­gan rode a per­fect race to cross the line first, set­ting the best lap of the race (1:55.726) in the process. Sarath fin­ished sec­ond, with Ahamed less than half a sec­ond be­hind in third.

At the end of the week­end, it is Ja­gan, with back-to-back vic­to­ries, who now leads the cham­pi­onship with 112 points, fol­lowed by his team-mate, Ahamed, at 91 points, while an­other tVs rac­ing rider, deepak raviku­mar, is in third with 74 points. Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Rac­ing team’s Sarath and Ra­jiv are tied at 70 points. PRO-STOCK 165 CLASS

Race One

Although honda couldn’t make an im­pact in the premier class, the team did strike back in the pro-stock class with mithun ku­mar, who bat­tled rACr’s naresh babu all through the six laps to fi­nally come out on top.

naresh did all he could to get to the front, in­clud­ing set­ting the best lap of the race (1:59.278). In­ci­den­tally, this was the only sub-two-minute lap in the class. how­ever, he had no choice but to set­tle for sec­ond place, hav­ing crossed the line half a sec­ond be­hind mithun. tVs rac­ing’s sivane­san s rounded off the podium be­hind the lead pair.

Race Two

sun­day’s race saw mithun ku­mar lead for most of the way, but an ex­cel­lent last-lap move by team rock­ers’ kan­nan k saw him take the lead, cross­ing the line a 10th of a sec­ond ahead of mithun. mithun’s honda team-mate, senthil Ku­mar, set the fastest lap of the race (1:59.561) to se­cure third place, less than half a sec­ond ahead of rACr’s naresh babu.

PRO-STOCK 301 TO 400 CLASS

The week­end’s only Pro-Stock 301 to 400 cc Class race was a tight bat­tle be­tween team Alisha Ab­dul­lah’s prabhu Aruna­giri and the Gusto rac­ing duo of Amar­nath menon and satya­narayana raju, with the lead chang­ing hands sev­eral times dur­ing this six-lap race.

prabhu started from pole and was soon passed by Amar­nath, but he held on to sec­ond place, not al­low­ing his ri­val to pull away. on the last lap a well-timed pass saw Prabhu back in the lead to cross the line first, barely a 10th of a sec­ond ahead of Amar­nath, while raju came through in third.

STOCK 165 CLASS

the novice Class of the na­tional Cham­pi­onship has so far been dom­i­nated by hy­der­abad’s karthik mateti, who won both races at the last round for sparks rac­ing. this time, how­ever, it was Anand r of Chen­nai who tri­umphed af­ter a valiant six-lap bat­tle that saw him cross the line less than two-tenths of a sec­ond ahead of mateti. third place went to bengaluru’s Aditya rao im­ma­neni, also rid­ing for sparks rac­ing, who had a tough time fighting off Team 24 Rac­ing’s As­fak Ahamed who missed a place on the podium by less than a tenth of a sec­ond.

STOCK 165 GIRLS CLASS

In the Stock 165-cc ladies race it was Chen­nai’s Shruthi na­gara­jan of Apex rac­ing Academy who scored her maiden win of the cham­pi­onship, af­ter start­ing from p3. Cham­pi­onship leader Ann Jen­nifer (Sparks Rac­ing) started from pole, but a crash on the sec­ond lap saw her re­tire to the pits. this left the lead to Alisha Ab­dul­lah, with shruthi hold­ing on to sec­ond place, look­ing for a way past. She fi­nally squeezed through on the last lap to claim vic­tory less than a sec­ond ahead of Alisha, while sparks rac­ing’s ry­hana bee claimed third. Although Ann failed to com­plete the race, her con­sis­tent rid­ing through the sea­son means that she still sits atop the cham­pi­onship stand­ings with 50 points, while Shruthi has closed the gap and is just two points be­hind her at 48.

ABOVE: Ja­gan Ku­mar made it two out of two for TVS Rac­ing

Mithun Ku­mar on his way to vic­tory

Mithun (10) led most of the way, although it was Kan­nan K (36) who tri­umphed on Sun­day

LEFT: Prabhu Aruna­giri cel­e­brates his win af­ter an in­tense bat­tle

Anand on his way to vic­tory in the Novice Class

Shruthi (29) on the way to her maiden vic­tory of the sea­son

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